Family Reunited With Stolen Dog After Seeing Him On TV

A Texas family thought their dog was gone forever, and then he turned up on the news after being shot.

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Tank the dog
After suffering a gunshot wound, Tank is finally back home where he belongs. Via KSAT 12 News
Stephanie Brown

A stolen dog is back home after his family saw him on the news recovering from a gunshot wound.

Tank went missing from his family’s backyard in San Antonio, Texas, a year ago. Michelle Miller and her son, Josh Calderon, searched for him, but they thought he was gone for good. Then last week they saw Tank on KSAT 12 News. Renamed “Mr. Big,” he’d been shot in the chest but had miraculously survived. The Animal Defense League was taking care of him.

“I jumped up from the couch and was like, that’s Tank! That’s him!” Miller told KSAT 12 News. “My son was really, really attached to Tank. So to hear what he went through and to see him like that, it was very emotional.”

Tank sleeping on floor

Tank is back home and taking it easy. Via KSAT 12 News

The dog means so much to his family, especially since he was a gift from 10-year-old Josh’s dad, who passed away a year and a half ago. Miller immediately contacted The Animal Defense League and went through a detailed vetting process to prove she was, in fact, Mr. Big aka Tank’s rightful owner.

Now Tank is back home with his family where he belongs. Miller is keeping a close eye on him and making up for lost time.

“Whenever he walked in, it’s like he remembered this place,” Miller told the new station. “All the stuffed animals, that’s his favorite thing. Probably his favorite time is dinnertime. When we eat, he gets food from everybody’s plate. He’s very spoiled.”

He also gets to sleep on Josh’s bed.

“Sometimes I fall off,” Josh said.

Tank is happy to be home, if his big wagging tail is any indication, but he is still recovering from the gunshot wound. The city’s animal care services is investigating the case. Anyone who has information about who stole him or shot him is asked to call 210-207-4738.

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